Engine Guard in way of Water Drain Plug


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Engine Guard in way of Water Drain Plug

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Today was a winter maintenance day... first I changed the oil and oil filter for the second time since I owned my "Black Beauty" and thought I'd try flushing the coolant system and changing the antifreeze until I realized I couldn't get the drain plug out without removing the engine guard. After looking at the Engine Guard and how it's mounted I decided I don't really want to remove it if I don't have too!? Looking at the water pump housing and how the hose mounts to it...it looks like it's possible to remove it (two bolts) to drain the water but I'm wondering if there will be a gasket I'll have to replace? What is the best course way to go? See attached pictures!
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water pump/drain plug side view
water pump/drain plug side view


water pump/drain plug front view
water pump/drain plug front view


Engine Guard front view left side
Engine Guard front view left side


Engine Guard front view right side #1
Engine Guard front view right side #1


Engine Guard front view right side #2
Engine Guard front view right side #2



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Re: Engine Guard in way of Water Drain Plug

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There is an o ring..see parts diagrams..at any dealer site..like this..very useful when figuring out stuff. I'd try loosening the guard but not removing it and see if it will give you enough room..

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RBGERSON wrote:There is an o ring..see parts diagrams..at any dealer site..like this..very useful when figuring out stuff. I'd try loosening the guard but not removing it and see if it will give you enough room..

http://shop.westernhonda.com/fiche_sect ... veh=131058
Thanks for the link to the diagram. That's what I though, I just don't know what will be the lesser or two evils... trying to move the guard without removing it or having to replace a o-ring?

Think I'll try to move the engine guard first but the last time I took something apart it took forever to get it back!
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Re: Engine Guard in way of Water Drain Plug

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swr1977 wrote:
RBGERSON wrote:There is an o ring..see parts diagrams..at any dealer site..like this..very useful when figuring out stuff. I'd try loosening the guard but not removing it and see if it will give you enough room..

http://shop.westernhonda.com/fiche_sect ... veh=131058
Thanks for the link to the diagram. That's what I though, I just don't know what will be the lesser or two evils... trying to move the guard without removing it or having to replace a o-ring?

Think I'll try to move the engine guard first but the last time I took something apart it took forever to get it back!
Makes me wonder if the "guard" is installed correctly.

A reasonable person would think that one would not design anything that requires you to remove it to do normal maintenance.

But as many have told me, I am often wrong.

They usually aren't guards but just make the bike easier to pickup if it falls over.


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